Thursday, June 30, 2011

Deauville - A Distinguished Design

Deauville is in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. With its racecourse, harbor, international film festival, marinas, conference center, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. It is the closest seaside when coming from Paris, the city and the nearby region of the Côte Fleurie has long been home to French high society's seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class.
Deauville silver plate flatware by Oneida Community
This set for 12 of Deauville came from eBay and cost a lot less than an ordinary set of flatware from a retailer.  The original ads for this pattern are from Ladies Home Journal October 1929.

Deauville, France:
F. Scott Fitzgerald mentions Deauville in "The Great Gatsby" as a place Tom Buchanan and Daisy visit on their honeymoon.

Deauville was probably the location inspiration for the fictional casino in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale. The first of the James Bond series largely takes part in a Casino - Fleming had played at Deauville as a young man, and sets his tale of Bond versus Soviet agents in a fictional French gambling resort, drawing parallels with an actual WW2 visit he had made to a Portuguese casino whilst working for the British secret service.

The screen adaption of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Links was set in Deauville.

The Deauville casino is the setting for the heist in Bob le flambeur, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It is also held-up in the 2008 movie Mesrine: L'ennemi public № 1.

Deauville was the setting for part of A Man and a Woman.

Deauville, together with Cabourg and Trouville, provides the basis for the Norman coastal resort of Balbec in Marcel Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). 

Deauville was a popular vacation spot for Coco Chanel during her affair with Boy Capel. The two opened her second shop there, which was the first place Chanel took the step from hat making to clothing. Deauville was the birth place of Chanel's clothing career.

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Originally published October 2010 for:
Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday for the letter "D" - "D" is for Deauville

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrating The Red White and Blue

Happy Holiday Weekend to all!
How will you be celebrating?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This Week In My Garden - June 28, 2011 A Linky Party

Welcome to an experiment in gardening!
I'm hoping all of you will join in this weekly Linky Party and
show off your garden and how it grows.

You are invited to join me each Tuesday afternoon to stroll through
the gardens of Blogland. Show us a single image or three or twenty
or write about your garden tips or experiences.

One of my garden treasures.  I have two large clumps of these and this
is the first year for this clump to flower. Six years ago it was in a six inch pot.
Puya, Sapphire Tower
Puya alpestris
Puya alpestris is a 4-5 foot tall rosette of recurving, spiny-margined, light green leaves that are silver-gray beneath. Leaves are 1-2 inches wide at their base and 2-3 feet long. Turquoise blue-green flowers (sometimes called metallic or "unearthly") bloom on terminal branching 4-5 foot tall stalks in the spring or early summer. Plant in full sun. Drought tolerant.  Native to high barren slopes in the Andes of southern Chile.
June 15, 2011

June 28, 2011
Orange pollen spread on the inside of the blooms by insects.

Voluteer Oleander
Nerium oleander

Trumpet Vine 
Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen'

The first signs of a storm coming in from the Pacific.

Unfolding Agapanthus
White Agapanthus, White Lily of the Nile, White African Lily
Agapanthus praecox

My favorite Lantana
Lantana 'Landmark Sunrise Rose'
Lantana camara

Unknown cultivar that came from Safeway many Easter seasons ago
Arum Lily, Calla Lily

Unknown cultivar that came from Safeway years ago
Bigleaf Hydrangea, Lacecap
Hydrangea macrophylla

One of many pomegranates this year! It will be mature in 2-3 months.
Pomegranate, Granate Apple 'Wonderful'
Punica granatum

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Different Little Round Table

This is a tale of inspiration and a makeover that spanned ten years in time, where the results became something better than the sum of its parts.

In 1979 when we moved back to California from the mid-west, I left behind an example of hideous 70s design. It was a vision of dark wood grain Formica, black vinyl and stainless steel frames.  Similar to this one on Craig's List. There are not too many stock images of this design on the internet, which is a good thing! The whole of the 70s is best forgotten.
At the time I was on a total Scandanavian Design kick.  The look of rosewood and teak and "modern" Americanized versions of well built, inexpensive furniture.  (I was still trying to convince Mr. TLRT that "eclectic European" was the way we should go.) This "little round table" became our kitchen table for the next 20 years or so, until it was replaced by a farm table in the mid 90s.
These are images of a similar table, still available today. The design is the same, but the boards used in our table ran the full width of the table and it was constructed of lumber a full 3" wide by 1½" thick. No MDF or veneer involved. It had one large leaf, which came in handy as our kids became teenagers and went through the "he looked at me" and "she touched me stage."
The farm table that replaced the round teak table ....... but that's a whole other story.

You can read about my last kitchen HERE
Yes, I still have the CHAIRS!
Image by Dan Mayers for Country Collectibles Fall 2002

Back to the little teak table.  My DIL wanted a new dinette set and wanted me to paint the little teak table for her growing family.  At the time her kitchen wouldn't accommodate the table with the leaf (several years later when the family moved to a larger house, we would regret not looking harder for the missing leaf).  Painting teak can be problematic because of the oils in the wood and it's natural resistance to water, but lots of sanding and sealing solved that issue. 

Before and after.
We ended up with a textured faux leather finish with floral stencils using a couple of base coats, multi-colored acrylics for the stencils, a copper based glaze, followed by a couple coats of clear matte finish.  The base coats were rolled on with a long fiber roller to give it the texture.
DIL picked out these unfinished chairs and they were painted with the same acrylic colors used for the stencils.  Again a couple of base coats, 2 coats of color, stencils, sealed with clear matte finish.
We topped it with glass and the family is still enjoying it today.

The Rest of the Story
The missing leaf to the teak table was found when we moved to the new house in  late 2006.  I knew someday I would re-work it into something awesome.  Have you discovered Pinterest?
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Inspiration hit yesterday as I cruised the wonders on Pinterest.
Bathtub caddies from:


Mr. TLRT helped me turn over a new leaf ..... in about an hour!

We made a pattern to accommodate the center mounted faucets and spout on the claw foot tub. The cut-outs that wrap around the supply pipes stabilizes the caddy so it doesn't move around and also allows the caddy to be rotated out of the way when your bath is completed.

Mr. TLRT is speedy and had the caddy cut and sanded before I could even get the camera! Here's the leaf and the piece taken out for the caddy.

A couple coats of mineral oil to bring out the color of the teak, which is perfect for wet situations.

A morning bath.

I love my Mr. TLRT, but I love my new bathtub caddy almost as much!
Scroll back up and check out how much of the leaf is left over ...... 
I see some awesome cutting boards in my future!
Total cost = ZERO, unless you want to factor in the original cost
of the table in 1979 which was $149.00.

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